Meet the Vice President
Kody Varahramyan, Ph.D.
Vice President for Research and Dean of the Graduate School
Dr. Kody Varahramyan joined the University of Maine in July 2017 as the Vice President for Research and Dean of the Graduate School. He is responsible for supporting and guiding UMaine’s advancement as a world-class research university. He is also a professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department.
Dr. Varahramyan received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1983. He was on the technical staff of IBM Corporation in Essex Junction, Vermont, from 1982-1992. He then gained 25 years of academic experience as a faculty member and administrator, first at Louisiana Tech University from 1992-2008, and subsequently at Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) from 2008-2017. At Louisiana Tech his academic and administrative appointments included the Entergy Distinguished Professor, associate dean for research and graduate studies in the College of Engineering and Science, and director of the university-wide Institute for Micromanufacturing.
At IUPUI he served as vice chancellor for research from 2008-2015, and then as senior aide to the chancellor. He was also a professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. At both of these academic institutions he led the realization of major strategic initiatives advancing academic excellence and student success, significant growth in research and scholarly activity, and substantial increase in community engagement.
He collaborated to develop innovative undergraduate and graduate programs, including the nation’s first bachelor’s program in nanosystems engineering at Louisiana Tech, and high-impact experiential learning programs at IUPUI. Strategic initiatives developed during his tenure as vice chancellor at IUPUI include the Innovation-To- Enterprise Initiative, the IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute, the STEM Education Research Institute, and the Integrated Nanosystems Development Institute.
Dr. Varahramyan’s research has focused on nanoscale materials, processes and devices, and their integration into nanosystems for medical, energy, environmental and information technology applications. He has authored and co-authored nearly 200 papers in journals and conference proceedings, has been named as an inventor on seven patents, and has secured more than $31 million in external funding as principal or co-principal investigator on grants for research and educational programs.